Kai Kara-France: I want to fight the big names at flyweight – the ones left

MELBOURNE, Australia – Flyweight Kai Kara-France saw a familiar face at the media day for this past Saturday’s UFC 234.

Henry Cejudo (14-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) was there as a guest fighter for the pay-per-view event in Melbourne, Australia, and the two had a reunion after the flyweight champ’s coaching stint on “The Ultimate Fighter 24,” where Kara-France began the road to his octagon opportunity.

After a hard-fought decision over Raulian Paiva (18-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 234, Kara-France (19-7 MMA, 2-0 UFC) jumped over the cage and said he saw Cejudo cheering him on.

With a second UFC win now secured, Kara-France is following a piece of advice Cejudo gave him by making his career plans known.

“I heard a rumor that they’re coming back to Brisbane in August, and I would love to do that,” Kara-France told reporters, including MMAjunkie, post-fight at UFC 234. “I would love to get a high-ranked opponent. I want to fight the big names in the division. There’s not many of us now. They’ve been cutting a few.

“Hopefully I showed tonight the flyweights are a fun division.”

Kara-France doesn’t reject the proposition of moving up a weight class if the flyweight division is disbanded, as previous reports have indicated as a possibility. But a quicker climb up a thinner division would certainly be a more ideal situation.

“It’s something to look to in the future,” Kara-France said. “If that’s the case (that I have to move up), I don’t mind doing that.”

To hear more from Kara-France, check out the video above.

For complete coverage of UFC 234, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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